At the request of his beloved former stepmother, actor Conar Markam agrees to a guest starring stint on the popular daytime soap Valentine Valley. Abby Sawyer is a legendary beauty and actress, but Parkinsons disease has forced her into an early retirement and a somewhat reclusive existence. Abby wants Conar to return for her daughter Jennifers sake. Abby is convinced that someone means Jennifer harm.

Jennifer is one of the stars of Valentine Valley, so Abby figures that by working on the set, Conar can stick close. Jennifer has never been a fan of Conars even when Abby was married to his father, nor does she believe that she is in any danger. However when rising star Brenda Lopez is found brutally murdered, everyone starts to have second thoughts.

Both Conar and his old buddy Det. Liam Murphy suspect that they have a serial killer on their hands who is obsessed with the films of Alfred Hitchcock. Each murder simulates one of his famous death scenes. Is Jennifer the target of a madman?

Romantic suspense is one of versatile author Heather Grahams strong suits, and she proves it yet again with LONG, LEAN AND LETHAL. Great reading! (Jun., 400 pp., $6.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith